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November 27, 2017Volunteer profile
Volunteer of the month is Ted Haist, BSc Mechanical Engineering, Mining Autonomy Engineer, Finning Canada
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Red Deer Region
Ted began volunteering with ASN in Red Deer in 2016. He presents Grade 4 Wheels and Levers and has already made 12 presentations for ASN to 296 students. Thank you Ted!
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October 16, 2017Volunteer profile
Volunteer of the month is Eric Paxman, MSc Candidate, Neuroscience and Chemistry, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Lethbridge Region
Eric began volunteering with SATC (ASN) in Lethbridge in 2015. He presents Grade 2 Magnetism, Grade 2 Exploring Liquids and Grade 5 Electricity and Magnetism. Thank you Eric!
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July 28, 2017 ASN report to the community 2015

Bringing science to life!
We are pleased to share our Report to the Community for the year ended June 2017. Please read what we have accomplished this year and spread the word about how ASN gets kids excited about science!

This year we reached 68,239 grade 1 to 12 students and their
teachers with our programs. Read the details here...


Volunteer profile

June 14, 2017
ASN's Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom program was awarded the 2016 ASTech Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness Award earlier this year!
ASTech's recent newsletter acknowledged ASN's remarkable impact of the Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom program and profiled ASN volunteer John Whitbread P.Eng.
“More than any organization I’ve worked with, ASN provides both the guidance and the freedom to create opportunities for those moments to happen. When a student turns to me and says, ‘I love this!’ or ‘this is the best day of school ever!’, I know I’m participating in something very worthwhile,” said Whitbread, an electrical engineer at General Dynamics who  made engineering fun and practical during a presentation to the young students at Calgary’s West Springs School.
For the teachers, it is invaluable to have an expert from the field enter the classroom and demonstrate the real-world application of the lessons they teach. The goal of the ASN program is to make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) both hands-on and expert driven. The teachers said the expertise an engineer brings to the classroom provides the opportunity for engaging and authentic learning for both the teachers and the students, who are filled with questions and eager to further explore the concepts.
Read and subscribe to the ASTech Foundation Newsletter here...

May 17, 2017
For the month of May we are profiling ASN volunteer Bob Rose. Bob is an electrical engineer and Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region. He began volunteering with APEGA science outreach 20 years ago, and transitioned to ASN in 2010. Over two decades of volunteering Bob has made over 200 presentations to students and teachers in Edmonton - that's amazing!
Thank you Bob! Read more...

May 17, 2017AWSN Minerva Mentoring Award

AWSN Minerva Mentoring Award is now open for nominations.
This annual award recognizes significant contributions made towards the mentoring of women of all ages. Nominees can be either male or female. Deadline for submission is June 30, 2017. For more details click here or on the image at right or go to AWSN's website.

April 23-29 2017

ASN celebrates National Volunteer Week!
National Volunteer Week is when we take time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. At ASN we acknowledge that volunteers are essential to all that we do. It is their passion for science and engineering, and enthusiasm to share it with students and their teachers that helps us get kids excited about science.
Each day this week a new profile will be added to our volunteer profiles page - please check to read about some of the amazing people who volunteer with us!
Thank you to all ASN volunteers for all that you do!

ASN's spring newsletter is now online!
Topics include:

* Volunteer recognition
* Teacher Workshop program is growing
* News from our branches around the province
Thanks to everyone who makes this program possible. Have a happy and safe summer!
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Volunteer profileApril 28, 2017
Our fifth volunteer is Jessica Slomka, Glacial Sedimentologist, Geoscientist in Training, Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Geological Survey Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region. Jessica began volunteering with ASN in Edmonton fairly recently: June 2016. She has been presenting Grade 3 Rocks and Minerals. Jessica has made 8 presentations for ASN so far, for a total of 186 students.
Thank you Jessica! Read more...


Volunteer profileApril 27, 2017
Our fourth volunteer is Dale Bawol, acial Sedimentologist, Geoscientist in Training, Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Geological Survey Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region. Dale began volunteering with ASN in Edmonton in spring of 2016. Since then, he has presented on Grade 6 Flight and Aerodynamics 19 times, getting a total of 462 students excited about aviation.
Thank you Dale! Read more...


Volunteer profileApril 26, 2017
Our third volunteer is Shannon Stambaugh, BSc in Conservation Biology and Management, Wildfire Information Officer, Government of Alberta,
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Grande Prairie Region. Shannon began volunteering with ASN in the Grande Prairie region in 2013. Her topics include: Grade 4 Plant Growth and Changes, Grade 5 Weather Watch (exploring the connection between weather and wildfire) and Kindergarten to Grade 2 Trees and Forests. Over the past three years, she and her team has presented to over 1500 students in Whitecourt, Fox Creek and Swan Hills.
Thank you Shannon! Read more...


Volunteer profileApril 25, 2017
Our second volunteer is Devyn Rudd, BSc. in Civil Engineering, Masters in Structural Engineering, Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region. Devyn began volunteering with ASN in Edmonton in June 2016. He presents Grade 1 Building Things, and also a Teacher Workshop on Grade 3 Building with a Variety of Materials and Testing Materials and Designs. Devyn has made 18 presentations for ASN since he started, reaching 449 students.
Thank you Devyn! Read more...

Volunteer profileApril 24, 2017
The first volunteer we are recognizing in National Volunteer Week is Andrea Walter, Hydrogeologist, Bachelor of Applied Science (Geological Engineering) and a Master of Science (Hydrogeology), Univ. of Waterloo Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region. Andrea has been volunteering with ASN in Calgary since 2014. She has made 44 classroom presentations to 965 students. She presents Grade 2 Exploring Liquids, Grade 2 Buoyancy and Boats, and Grade 3 Rocks and Minerals.
Thank you Andrea! Read more...

February 14, 2017

Volunteer profileOur volunteer of the month is Pauline Sceviour, B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region.

Pauline has been volunteering with ASN in Calgary since 2012. She has done more than 50 classroom presentations to over 1250 students. She presents Grade 1 Building Things and Grade 3 Building with a Variety of Materials.
Thank you Pauline! Read more...

February 8, 2017

ASTech AwardASN's winter newsletter has just been published. It is filled with updates of events and workshops in the regions that ASN serves. But the biggest news is that ASN won the ASTech Award for Excellence in Science & Technology Public Awareness! Watch ASTech's video of ASN's profile and contribution by clicking on the image to the left.
Congratulations to all our volunteers who contributed to this award. Read the newsletter here....

January 17, 2017

Volunteer profileOur volunteer of the month is Natallia Kanaplianik, Bachelor's Degree – Mechanical Engineering, Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Red Deer Region.

Natallia began volunteering with science outreach in Red Deer in May 2015. She presents Grade 4 Wheels and Levers, and is working on a new Grade 3 Building, and Testing with a Variety of Materials. Since she started in May 2015, Natallia has already completed 12 presentations to 338 students.
Thank you Natallia! Read more...

December 9, 2016

Ward Neale Award winner announcedVolunteer profile
At our 2016 AGM Kimmee Fisher P.Eng was presented with the Ward Neale Award. This award is presented annually to an ASN volunteer who goes above and beyond our expectations.
Kimmee is an incredible volunteer, presenter, and educator. Both ASN and students in and around Edmonton are lucky to have her around. Read more...

Volunteer profileOctober 20, 2016
Volunteer of the month is Alexander Diaz, Bachelor of Science - Physical Science, Data Analyst at Yardstick Inc.,
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region
Alexander began volunteering with ESON, ASN's predecessor in Edmonton. He presents Grade 4 Light and Shadows and Grade 7 Light and Optical Systems, Grade 5 Weather Watch, and is working on a new Grade 6 Sky Science presentation.
Thank you Alexander!
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September 29, 2016

Our Fall Newsletter is now online! Find out what's happening around the province, new PD opportunities and school programs for your region. Read it here.

June 28, 2016 ASN report to the community 2015

Inspiring the next generation!
That's what we do and our stats support it! ASN's Stakeholder Report for 2016 is available now.

This year we reached 65,799 grade 1 to 12 students and their
teachers. Read about our accomplishments here.


iPad WinnerJune 1, 2016
Congratulations Caitlan! We are pleased to announce that Caitlan Ferguson of Robert W. Zahara School, Grande Prairie won an iPad at the annual Walk Through the Forest held in May. Caitlan is shown here with her teacher Correy Stark.

April 21
ASN's spring newsletter is now online! Read it here...

Volunteer profileMay 13, 2016
Volunteer of the month is Lexie Farmer, M.Sc. Ecology, Senior Instructor, Mount Royal University
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region
Lexie began volunteering with ASN in 2011. She presents
Grade 1 Needs of Plants and Animals, Grade 2 Small Crawling Flying Animals, Grade 3 Animal Life Cycles, and Grade 5 Wetlands. Thank you Lexie!
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April 11-17, 2016

ASN celebrates National Volunteer Week!
National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. At ASN we acknowledge that the key to all that we do is our passionate volunteers who share their enthusiasm for science and engineering with students and their teachers! Each day this week a new profile will be added to our volunteer profiles page - please check each day to read about some of the amazing people who volunteer with us!
Thank you to all ASN volunteers for getting kids excited about science!

Volunteer profileApril 16: Rick Scott, B. Sc. Botany, M.Sc. Plant Physiology, Instructor, Grande Prairie Regional College
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Grande Prairie Region
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Volunteer profileApril 15: Richard de Boer, Sunwest Aviation, Private Pilot, President of the Calgary Chapter Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Founder & President Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region
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Volunteer profileApril 14: Jessica Liggett, PhD Hydrogeology, Groundwater Specialist, Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Geological Survey
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region
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Volunteer profileApril 13: Jonathan Barraclough, Glider Pilot Instructor, Canadian Forces
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region
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Volunteer profileApril 12: Maya Akbari, Bachelor Electrical Engineering, Dalhousie University, specializing in Automation and Control, Commercial Building Design, and Robotics
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Grande Prairie Region
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Volunteer profileApril 11: Heather Currie, P. Biol, B. Sc, AMEC-Foster-Wheeler
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region
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January 27, 2016

ASN's winter newsletter is now online!
Read about our programs for schools, new PD workhops in Calgary and Edmonton and how you can volunteer to get kids exc!ted about sc!ence!

January 5, 2016

Our first volunteer profile of 2016 is Jay LavenderVolunteer profile
Jay began volunteering with ASN in Edmonton in 2013. He presents Grade 6 Sky Science and Grade 9 Space Exploration. Through the SEitC program, Jay has presented to 47 classes, equaling exactly 1200 students! Thank you Jay! Read more...